Synod on the Family

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Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Oct 1, 2014

With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on June 4, 2014.

Put your gifts at the service of others, Pope Francis exhorts

Oct 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis dedicated his weekly general audience to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, saying that rather than making... Read more

Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline.

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014

A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to... Read more

Pope Francis greets one of the 34 metropolitan archbishops to receive the pallium on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica on June 29, 2013.

Synod at heart of papal liturgies for month of October

Sep 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

The schedule of liturgical celebrations over which Pope Francis will preside in October is mainly booked with events surrounding the... Read more

Family will be center of next World Communications Day

Sep 29, 2014

By Ann Schneible

World Communications Day 2015 will focus on the theme “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift... Read more

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Sep 24, 2014

The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

Sep 23, 2014

After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage... Read more

Bishop James Conley.

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014

Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met,... Read more

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island (File Photo/CNA).

Bishop Tobin on divorce: Changes needed in approach, not teaching

Sep 17, 2014

The dilemma of divorced and remarried Catholics should prompt consideration of changes in the Church’s approach to annulments and the... Read more

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at the Vatican press office, June 26, 2014.

Bishops' synod taking on a less formal tone under Pope Francis

Sep 9, 2014

The upcoming synod of bishops on the family will be set on a more informal tune, the secretary general of... Read more

Thai families share in the Gospel experience with the Focolare movement in Chiang Mai, July 26-27, 2014.

Thai families gather for fellowship, discussion of challenges

Aug 19, 2014

In preparation for the upcoming synod on the family, more than 50 Thai faithful came together last month for a... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican press office, July 5, 2013.

Marriage's indissolubility a dogma, cardinal clarifies

Aug 5, 2014

In a book-length interview, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has underscored that the indissolubility of the marriage is no mere doctrine, but... Read more

Arcus foundation 2012 tax documents

LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod

Jul 29, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

An LGBT activist foundation headed by a former Obama White House staffer gave a $200,000 grant to a dissenting Catholic... Read more

Three Generation Family.

Path to synod is 'time of grace,' bishop says

Jun 15, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A Vatican official has said that the period before the upcoming bishops’ synods on the family will be a time... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2013.

Synod on family is opportunity for teaching faith, archbishop says

Jun 13, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A consultation regarding the upcoming synod on the family highlights the need for a better teaching of the faith, the... Read more

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

Bishops' synod head: October meeting not solely about divorce

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has emphasized that the next synod will not be focused... Read more

Vatican City - October 2, 2013: St. Peter's Basilica, October 2, 2013.

Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family

May 10, 2014

The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

Archbishop Aquila: teaching on marriage must be rooted in Christ

May 2, 2014

As the Synod of Bishops on the Family draws closer, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has offered a reflection for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope prays for upcoming Synod of Bishops

Dec 29, 2013

In his Angelus address given on the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis prayed especially for the approaching Synod... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi in the Vatican Press Office Feb 26, 2013.

Vatican rejects claims of Pope 'polling' Catholics on marriage

Nov 4, 2013

The director of the Holy See press office has clarified that Pope Francis has not presented a questionnaire to Catholics... Read more